Indicator Profile of Nitrate in Community Drinking Water Systems

Why Is This Important?

Nitrate is a nitrogen compound that occurs naturally in soil, water, plants, and food. It may be formed when microorganisms in the environment break down organic material such as plants, animal manure, and sewage. Nitrate can also be found in chemical fertilizers. Nitrate can get into drinking water from runoff of farms, golf courses and lawns, or from landfills, animal feedlots, and septic systems.

Drinking Water Nitrate, Number of Community Water Systems with MCL Violation

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Data Notes

The New Jersey Maximum Contaminant Level for nitrate in drinking water is 10 milligrams per liter. Data are presented for community water systems that reported test results for the specified time interval.  There are over 600 community water systems in New Jersey.

Data Sources

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Safe Drinking Water; 

Other Graphical Views


The distribution of nitrate concentration in drinking water, by community water system, population served, and year

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Number of community water systems or estimated count of population served, by nitrate concentration in drinking water
Denominator: Not applicable

Page Content Updated On 02/04/13, Published on 06/28/13
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Content updated: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 04:00:46 EDT